This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lucy (Hesch) Klein--1897-?

I know very little of great-aunt Lucy, other than she was born in New York and adopted from the orphan trains.

"Charles Loring Brace, founder of the Children's Aid Society, conceived the idea of sending abandoned children for foster care to farm families in the Midwest, as an alternative to institutionalization. Thus started the project that continued for some eighty years. The children were dressed and scrubbed and loaded onto trains. Upon arrival they were lined up for inspection. Those not chosen were sent to another community".

"Back when he began, Brace said, ''When a child of the streets stands before you in rags, with tear-stained face, you cannot easily forget him, and yet you are perplexed what to do. The human soul is difficult to interfere with. You hesitate how far you should go.''

Here, in 1910, she's 12 years old. (Also, note that Paul (Doyle) was adopted after Mary's husband died--this is 1910, and lil Paul was 3...but SON Paul had already died, in 1907).

Lucy must have been little more than a baby when Paul and Mary adopted her, since she's only about 3 (top) in the 1901 family photo taken after Paul died. According to the 1920 census, she eventually married Max Klein, and they lived in Langola, near the Karasch family.
Max and Lucy are living there with his parents and siblings AND his grandma, see?

Does anyone have more knowledge of LUCY? Did she and Max have children, and did they remain across the Platte from Karaschs?

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